Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy came off the bench at half time to score twice and steer England to a 2 – 1 win over Wales in a Group B encounter in Lens at the ongoing Euro 2016 championship.
England should have taken the lead on the sixth minute after a fine break releasing Adam Lallana on the right wing and the Liverpool man did well to square the ball for Raheem Sterling who inexplicably hit the ball high and wide with the goal gaping.
England were the dominant side in the early exchanges and created the most chances but Wales should take the credit for a great defensive display that kept the Three Lions at bay.
On the 32nd minute after a push and pull that ended in Sterling’s lofted ball in the box, England thought they should have earned a penalty after a goal bound Harry Kane header hit Ben Davies in the arm to keep it out. The referee would hear none of their shouts.
Limited Wales forays forward saw Wayne Rooney foul Joe Allen a good 25 yards outside on the 42nd minute and Gareth Bale stepped up to take the free kick, delivering a dipping and curling ball the Joe Hart had a touch on but ended up pushing the ball in his net.
England were clearly a frustrated side as they drifted to the tunnel at half time and on return, Roy Hodgson threw in Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge for Harry Kane and Sterling.
The substitutes had immediate impact, injecting mobility in the game and on the 55th minute Vardy got the equalizer for England after a scrappy affair in the Wales goal that saw Ashley Williams head the ball Vardy’s way.
The Leicester forward seemed offside but the touch from Williams played him in and he did well to beat Wayne Hennessey from close range.
Another scrappy affair on the 61st minute had Wales on the back foot but Williams managed a better clearance this time and shortly after Wales suffered a setback with Joe Ledley trooping off injured, replaced by David Edwards who had a shout for a penalty rejected.
England completed the job late on with another scrappy goal that saw Dele Alli release Sturridge who toe poked home the winner.